Ex-Ghana star quits football for rap career

English Premier League

Former Ghana winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has retired from professional football at the age of 33 in order to pursue a career as a rap star.

Once tipped to as a future Arsenal star after excelling in the club's academy after joining from AFC Ajax, Quincy has officially called it a day.

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Having made his debut for the Gunners back in 2003, the pacey winger went on to represent Ghana instead of the country of his birth, the Netherlands at senior international level.

While there were alleged attitude issues with the mercurial talent that saw him kicked out the Ajax academy at 15, he appeared to be en route for stardom with impressive displays with the Black Stars.

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However, after starring at 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Quincy only managed to feature 18 times for the national team before his club career started to decline.

In an interview with Vice, he revealed he now goes by the name of 'Blow' and has already dropped his first mix-tape.

"I have thought about it for a long time," he said. "Now that I am releasing my first solo mixtape, I want to show the world: this is me. This is what I am doing now.

"There was no Ronald de Boer type around in our neighbourhood who said 'With football, you have a future'.

"My role models were the money makers of the block. The street men driving around in horrible cars. That was then the s*** for me, later I grew older and I made other choices.

"I hope to make the people from the neighbourhood proud. First as a footballer and now as an artist."